Lala takes us to LalaLand

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Founder of LalaLand, Lala Tuku
Founder of LalaLand, Lala Tuku

Lala wears many hats, she is a film and TV producer, an actress, director, and voice artist and coach. She is an advocate for the development women within the film and television Industry through the platform she co-chairs, Africa Rising International Film Festival, and now CEO and founder of LalaLand.

Over time, I developed a relationship with restlessness and trouble sleeping. In 2018, my health suddenly started deteriorating under the strain of high levels of stress which I believe also contributed to my insomnia. I suffered terrible headaches and my blood pressure was out of control. It took a physical, mental and emotional toll on my wellbeing. Strangely enough, I could still function; my body did not have the capacity to know once it could not go on. I was always ahead of my body and mind. I overworked myself. The notion of rest was foreign to me. Until one day, everything screeched to a halt – emotionally, physically and psychologically, I was done. I was forced to slow down and introduce rest into my schedule.

I realised the importance of sleep and rest, the importance of recharging, and the importance of taking it easy. That, not only is it the act of shutting eyes, but the mental and psychological being one has to draw in to enjoy sleep. As I learnt to fall in love with rest, my passion for the sleep experience developed. This was the beginning of my labour of love.

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